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The House

Wander the Hallway... enter the Music Room... be enchanted by the ceiling in the Drawing Room... explore to your heart’s content.

Designed by Samuel Wyatt and Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd baronet and nurtured by successive generations, this very special place brings new devotees every year.

Sledmere is a Georgian House – and it is also an Edwardian House. Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd baronet, rebuilt and redecorated the house in the 1790s, but in 1911 it was almost completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately most of the contents were rescued and they can still be seen on view today. It is worth a visit just to see the splendour of Joseph Rose’s plasterwork and the fine examples of furniture by Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton.

Explore the House

The Entrance Hall:
Destroyed by fire in 1911 this room was reconstructed by Walter Brierley and is the only principle room that does not follow the original designs. The architecture is in line with the 1751 House

The Staircase Hall and Organ:
This room displays decorative plasterwork and a hughly impressive staircase which creates one of the most spectacular sequences of spaces in any English country house, particulary when it is seen as the approach to the Library

The Horse Room:
This room was principally used for work in connection with the Sledmere Stud during the 19th and early 20th century. The room contains a series of horse related paintings

The Music Room:
The principle feature of the room is the fine organ case, made for the 1751 house and probably designed by Samuel Green, who carried out a great deal of work in Beverley Minster

The Drawing Room:
The Drawing Room was decorated throughout by Rose and is much more typical of his work than the Music Room. The motifs in the ceiling depicts scenes of Greek religious rites

The Boudoir:
The Adamesque ceiling here is in the more restrained mood of the Music Room, but the red damask walls, paintings and Italian furniture combine to give the room a richness not found elsewhere in the house

The Dining Room:
The centre piece of the Dining Room is an exceptionally fine set of tables and chairs. The chairs are a set of eight Chinese-style Chippendales made c.1760 a further 4 chairs were added in the early 1990's

The Library:
Displaying a extensive collection of rare books this hugely impressive room was fully restored in1979

The Red Bedroom:
The centre piece is a mahgony four-poster bed that belongs to the George III period. The room also contains other impressive pieces of furniture

The Coral Bedroom:
The George III bed in Rococo style came from Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire

The Orange Bedroom:
The important dressing table and stool were designed and made by David Linley Furniture

The Chinese Bedroom:
The Chinese style Chippendale bed is of the later period of the famous craftsman and is unusual in design. It came originally from Grimston Garth, another Yorkshire House designed by John Carr

The Little Hall:
Contains several full length portraits of the Sykes’ family and important marble figures

The Turkish Room:
This room was designed for Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet, by an Armenian artist, David Ohanessian, and is a copy of one of the Sultan' s apartments in the Yeni Mosque, Istanbul

Also explore: The Chapel, The Stables, Church and The Orangery

What's On
Christmas craft and food fair, deer, Father Christmas, East Yorkshire
Fri 5 Dec - Sun 7 Dec
The tenth annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair features over 100 stalls selling crafts, gifts, decorations and food for the festive period. Winter warmers available in the Fair Cafe,tractor and trailer trips to the Deer Park and children can visit Father Christmas in his magical Grotto. More Details...
Easter Family Fun
Fri 3 Apr - Mon 6 Apr
A demonstration of traditional crafts by local craftsmen and a chance to buy their work. An opportunity to visit the 'lambing shed' and see some newly born lambs and join in with their feeding. Bouncy castle, children's craft activities and family lawn games too! (Sunday & Monday only) More Details...
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